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Imagination Technologies Licenses GPU For iPhone 5, iPad 2 Followup

British firm Imagination Technologies has announced that its latest PowerVR Series6 architecture, otherwise known as Rogue, has been licensed by six "lead partners".

Amongst those (opens in new tab) are ST-Ericsson, Texas Instruments and Mediatek with three others that have yet to be announced.

Apple is likely to be one of the remaining three since it owns around 10 per cent of the company and has used IP from Imagination Technology extensively in the iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone products.

The latest A5 SoC for example uses the PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU which Apple claims provides 9 times the graphics performance of the graphics solution found on the A4. Rogue seems to have more than enough firepower to run Apple's Retina display on the iPad and potentially help Apple bring out ARM-based laptops and desktops.

Back in February, ST-Ericsson told us that they chose to swap their traditional graphics partner, ARM (with its Mali range) for Rogue because it provided them with unrivalled graphics performance.

ST-Ericsson used the PowerVR6 GPU in their Nova A9600 SoC which uses Cortex A15 cores clocked at 2.5GHz and back then, the company claimed that the chip would deliver more than 350 million "real" polygons per second.

We also wonder whether Intel, which owns part of Imagination Technologies, will use Rogue to improve the graphics performance on its Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge chips, in the wake of AMD's commanding lead in that field following the launch of the new A-Series Llano APU family.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.